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The whole truth about cork coverings

What makes a cork cover?
Exceptionally, from such an environmentally friendly material, like a bark of cork oak. The bark of young trees is used to create a spray bottle. The bark of trees from the age of 80 years goes to the creation of decorative coatings for walls, floors and ceilings. The cost of the material will depend on the age and quality of the tube.

What are the main advantages of a cork cover?
In addition to environmental cleanliness, the advantages of using cork cover include excellent soundproofing qualities, hypoallergenicity, ability to repel dust, protection against the appearance of condensation and mildew, thermal insulation properties.

Are there minus cork cover?
Of course, as with any finishing material. The main disadvantage is low mechanical strength. This finish can be damaged by heavy and sharp objects. In addition, when it comes to agglomeration, that is, panels made of cheap cork crumbs by pressing, then in the composition there will be glue, vinyl, varnish. So the question arises – is the material environmentally clean, are additives supposed to be safe? In addition, the price of a natural plug is quite high.

What kinds of coatings are made of a tube?
For walls you can buy cork wallpaper, from crumbs. In addition, there are panels for walls and ceilings of thickness 3 millimeters of different sizes – from 300х300 to 450х450 millimeters. Flooring adhesive and locking panels are manufactured for the floor. The first are glued to the base, the second is assembled on the system of a spike-groove, as usual laminate boards. The price of the floor covering can fluctuate, rather, strongly – you need to look at the brand, manufacturer, etc.

And what better to choose for a floor – an adhesive or a lockscovering?
Here, one must understand the difference in the operational properties of these options, as well as the peculiarities of laying. Adhesive panels are glued directly to the floor, to a concrete cling or other foundation, which should be perfectly even. Floating, locks – like laminate, by connecting and fixing in groove slots. The requirements for the basis of the equation are lower. The adhesive panels are then covered with varnish. It sealed the joints and the coating can be used in wet rooms. The locking cork floor is suitable only for bedrooms, children’s and living rooms, where there is no risk of moisture. We wrote about all the variants of independent laying of a cork covering on a floor.

Where is the technical cork used?
It is available in the form of rolls or panels. This is a much cheaper option, but it does not apply as a finishing finish. The technical cork is used as sound and thermal insulation of ceilings, walls, and attics. In addition, from a technical cork make a quality substrate for parquet board and laminate.

How long does the cork floor work?
It all depends on how active you will exploit it, as well as the availability of protection. If in a kitchen or in the hallway, like rooms with high portability, to cover a cork with several layers of varnish, you will extend the service life of the floor to at least 20 years. In bedrooms and children’s cops are often treated with oil or wax. The most expensive protection is polyvinyl.

Are there any traces of furniture on the cork floor?
Everything is simple – stick a piece of soft felt or a felt on the legs of the table, chairs, armchairs, sofas and cabinets from below. Do not use rubber! She will leave spots on the floor!

How to look after a cork floor?
Vacuum as usual. Wash, including detergents, only not abrasive. Do not allow large amounts of water to accumulate, use a half-moist cloth or mop during cleaning. Insignificant damage can be disguised by applying an additional layer of varnish. In general, the protective layer in any case you will have to periodically update.

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